Max Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Lewis Hamilton

Days after referring to Max Verstappen as a "dickhead", Lewis Hamilton claims that the youngster is letting his team down.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner cited the coming-together as "hard racing" but Hamilton said: 'It is interesting to hear Christian has said that because they have a auto which should be getting good results but through inexperience, or not mature decisions, they are not.

It destroyed Verstappen's left rear and more as the Red Bull brass ordered him to retire the vehicle a lap later.

Hamilton called Verstappen the expletive shortly after the race, but Max shrugged it off when shown the video by Dutch TV.

"I think I had the same problem during testing", Verstappen said, per the Express.

"I was driving in no-man's land for a while, that's something we need to work on", Hamilton said.

"He was past, there was no need to push by, for me it was frustrating as it could have been me out of the race through a relatively silly manoeuvre". The latter tried to overtake Hamilton early in the race and pushed him out wide forcing contact. "And obviously he's tending to make quite a few mistakes recently".

Hamilton had earlier told television reporters that "emotion is always firing when you get out of the car" and added that he could not remember making the comment until reminded that it was in the pre-podium room. I moved when I was young so that I understand the way that it is.

"Lewis was trying to go around the outside and at one point I was ahead". "I think there was still enough space on the left, but he drove into my left rear, gave me a puncture and also destroyed the "diff".

Even Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal labeled it a hard racing incident and Hamilton believes it is Verstappen immature actions on the track that is costing them a chance to gain valuable points and challenge Ferrari and Mercedes for the titles. World champion Lewis Hamilton wants a rapid improvement in communication from his Mercedes team during races. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff defended his driver though by reasoning out that it was only a racing incident.

Hamilton, speaking in a late-night media briefing before departing for this weekend's Chinese GP, added: "I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso]'s in that auto today he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull".

Ferrari's strategy of only a one-stop race caught out Mercedes, which anticipated Vettel coming in for a second tire change. Watch the Chinese GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

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